Master in
Supply Chain Management & Logistics

Supply Chain Management & Logistics

Online Master’s Degree covering the key factors for leading the transformation of traditional business models

Introduction to the Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management & Logistics

Optimal and efficient management of the supply chain has become an indispensable tool for maintaining and increasing a company’s level of competitiveness within its market.

The Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management & Logistics in Spanish will provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge you need as a professional who performs duties related to the management of the supply chain and logistics and distribution. One of the added value processes and/or one that is considered critical to the design, implementation and maintenance of the strategic vision of the global supply chain.

Nowadays, talking about logistics and supply chain necessarily implies talking about global organisations, therefore we particularly focus on how to manage change and how to adapt ourselves to technological advances and to relationship possibilities and needs in a wider international context. With this postgraduate degree in Logistics and Transport Management you will obtain the necessary competencies to lead the transformation of traditional business models thus creating new markets, understanding their new requirements, managing information in real time and promoting collaborations and alliances to adopt solutions that reinforce the growth of the company.

 

Career Prospects of the Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management

  • Director or person in charge of: Purchases, Supplies, Demand planning, Production, Transport, Storage, Post-sales service, Logistics or Supply Chain Management
  • After sales services
  • Director of Logistics and Distribution
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Consultant or advisor in any management process of the Supply Chain

Aims of the Master’s Degree

  • Offering a comprehensive view of the management of business processes that comprise the Supply Chain
  • Running the operations and logistics area or any department in a multinational company
  • Developing Managerial Skills and knowledge of the most useful management techniques, turning people into “managers”, experts in the management of the Supply Chain
  • Knowing how to use decision-making tools for the correct optimisation of logistical fluxes
  • Optimising the management of the area through the appropriate application of Information Technologies, allowing us to efficiently meet the current needs of the Supply Chain and generating added value services
  • Knowing the challenges in the global management of the Supply Chain and the most important international market
  • Knowing how to manage the Supply Chain in an ethical and socially responsible manner

 

Syllabus of the Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management

Leading the Operations Strategy and Decision-Making in Logistics

Integral logistics allows for the optimisation of new processes, which increases service quality and reduces costs. In order to do this, you will strategise multiple operational aspects to integrally consider the supply chain within the strategy of the company.

In this module you will deal with terms such as “Inputs” to define the operations strategy and its relation with the rest of the functional areas and competitive priorities. You will also learn to take suitable strategic decisions regarding operations: decisions on hardware structure and software infrastructure. You will monitor the operations strategy: BSC (Balanced Scorecard), CSF (Critical Success Factors) and you will become aware of the most common errors that need to be avoided.

 

Effectively Planning and Managing Demand

Correct planning for demand allows for the rationing of resources and optimisation of linked costs, from the acquisition of raw materials to the delivery of the final service or products. However, this evidence may lead to expense reduction policies that, at the same time, imply a self-limitation to our business capacity.

Therefore, this module introduces us to the basic concepts of “Demand Modelling”: classification of the criteria of demand, demand forecast, quality contrasting of forecasts (forecast accuracy), updating of models and follow-up of forecast exceptions. You will also deal with the “Demand Planning” concept: exogenous and endogenous variables, and collaborative forecasting. You will learn how to integrate with other areas of the company, to analyse the most demanded requirements and study the offer-demand applications.

 

New Challenges in Purchasing, Sourcing and Supply Management

Purchase management and supply logistics is becoming an increasingly specialised sector on which good corporate results are dependent. Whereas, in the context of big companies it may become a whole department, in small- and medium-sized companies they are indicative of a growth scenario where networks play an important role.

In this module you will deal with the following subjects:

  • The function of purchasing in the current environment.
  • The duties of the purchasing function.
  • The development of purchasing strategies.
  • The implementation of purchasing strategies.
  • The measurements of the purchasing function.
  • Outsourcing: Contract Manufacturers, types (onshoring, offshoring, etc.).
  • Management indicators of purchasing processes (KPI).
  • Management of stocks: strategic plan and budget, inventory management, sales and operations planning, types of stock, financial implications, security stock, etc.
  • Supply: ABC control, mixed stock, MRP, MRPII, etc.

 

Advanced Management Techniques and Systems of Production and Quality

In this module we will talk about commercial strategy, of management indicators in industrial processes (KPI), Lean Manufacturing, Just in Time, Jidoka, 5S, TPM, stabilisation of a productive system, the theory of restrictions, you will acquire knowledge of Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) and will deal with quality management.

 

Reaching Stock in Distribution: Storage, Handling, Transport and Reverse Logistics

Logistics is, above all, a service aimed at satisfying the needs of customers, whenever and however they need. A good service comes from our capacity to meet commitments in terms of time, place, method and quantity.

You will cover:

  • Competitive strategy.
  • Customer service.
  • Distribution channels: functions, selection criteria, factors that affect channel selection, importance of the channels, main distribution channels.
  • Storage: classification of warehouses, zones and areas, costs, location, storage methods, layout, etc.
  • Handling: principles, units, means, management systems, preparation of orders, crossdock, promotional marketing, control systems, key factors, automation elements, etc.
  • Transport management: main actors, agreements, types (ground, sea, air, multimodal, ADR), incoterms, supply routes and capillary distribution).
  • Reverse logistics: direct-reverse channel, strategic aspects, classification of reverse systems, characteristics of the alternatives, types and origin of products, etc.
  • Outsourcing: types of contracts, advantages and risks, phases, transport and distribution challenges and strategies, 3PL, selection and integration.
  • Management indicators in distribution processes (KPI).
  • ECR: concept, strategies, logistic aspects and behaviours of customers.
  • Control and improvement: evolution, management by processes, statistical control, maintenance and improvement, PDCA cycle, tools to improve quality.

 

Operations Management Game: Simulation Tools

In a service market, globalised and with a high level of uncertainty, the management of risks in logistics chains is a differentiating element for the competitiveness of companies.

This subject will allow you, through simulating and optimising models, to face certain logistical situations, analyse scenarios, create strategies and contingency plans, and it will also allow you to assess the quality of your decisions in light of the obtained results.

 

Director Competency Development for the Supply Chain Manager and Managing talent as a competitive advantage

In order to successfully run a supply chain, it is essential to pay particular attention to the management of human resources. Knowing how to encourage, lead and manage working teams under our responsibility is key.

 

Optimisation of the Supply Chain and E-logistics Strategy

Without a doubt, one of the keys to the improvement of the value chain in companies has been the improvement of Information and Communication Technologies (*ICT*). In this respect, there is a direct relationship between technological development, the systems of a company and its logistics capacity.

In this respect, certain approaches to the integral logistics of a company will imply certain approaches to the technology and information systems to be used. Thus, it is fundamental to conceptualise information systems as tools for the company and to be aware of the need for systems that are able to change and adapt to new needs.

 

Global Management of the Supply Chain: Logistics and International Markets

This module is designed to provide a comprehensive view of International commerce and, therefore, reduce the inherent risks to international purchase-sale operations, always from a very practical point of view, providing experience and capabilities for analysis and decision-making.

 

Trends and Best Practices of the Supply Chain: Management of Innovation, Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

In a global economic context, the supply chain must also be global, especially if we are banking on the development of competitive companies. This growth opportunity becomes a necessity if we want our company to operate in international markets, where distribution strategies, channels and quality control systems will become fundamental.

The objective of this subject, taking into consideration global transformations, is to explore the main trends that characterise the supply chain in the medium and long term. Additionally, we are going to identify how companies will have to transform their operations, using two important competitiveness levers: innovation and internationalisation.

 

Final Project: Management Project for the Supply Chain

The programme converges in a final project related to the management of the Supply Chain. It can be an improvement project, an innovation project or a management project that provides solutions to existing problems.

 

Other activities:

The Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management & Logistics is completed with talks and seminars that are organised as part of each block. These additional activities are delivered by renowned professionals from the Supply Chain management sector who, through videoconferences, will share their experience and practical cases with the students.

  • Simulations and practical cases

The content of the programme contains a large theoretical component to provide the students with the opportunity to strengthen their skills, but it also regards finances as a social area in which actors make decisions in a context where they encounter competitors, regulators or people of different profiles. This means that the practical component of the programme is essential and it completes the theory-based training. Therefore, during the course, discussions about current and interesting affairs will be organised as part of each of the subjects, as well as decision-making simulations applied to real situations and the preparation of practical cases that will analyse, from an academic perspective, the issues at hand and their proposed solutions, as well as the criteria taken into account for the execution of these solutions.

Requirements of the Master in Supply Chain Management

The main aim of our admissions process is to ensure that the candidates are ideal for the course. All the students must be able to take the maximum value out of this learning experience, through a context in which it is possible to develop lasting connections with fellow students, teachers and the alumni.

These are the stages of the admissions process:

1. Prerequisites for admission

2. Application

3. Personal interview

4. Cover letter

5. Admissions Committee Evaluations

6. Enrolment

 

Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management & Logistics Certificate

The people who pass the programme evaluation and comply with the academic requirements, established by the University of Barcelona (UB), will receive a UB qualification.

In order to obtain a UB qualification, you need to have a University Degree (Engineer’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree for four years or Bachelor’s Degree for three years). If you do not have a University Degree, once you have passed the different evaluations you will receive an extension diploma from UB.

Scholarships of the Master in Supply Chain Management

OBS is now offering candidates a Scholarship Programme with a view to encouraging continuous education of professionals, entrepreneurs and directors. To apply for one of these scholarships, which finance part of the programme, the candidates must be accepted onto the programme and comply with the specified requirements.

The Scholarship and Admissions Committee will take into account the suitability of the profile and the professional career of the candidates, the reasons given in the scholarship application letter and the professional and academic recommendations of the candidate.

Currently the following scholarships are on offer:

OBS Experience Scholarship

Objective: to advance continuous education of future professionals through OBS Methodology Online, which is registered as its own model of online education.

Requirements: candidates without previous experience in online education models and who meet the academic and curricular requirements of the programme in question.

Director Profile Scholarship

Objective: to advance managing skills in those candidates with extensive professional experience.

Requirements: scholarship for candidates with more than three years of professional experience in positions of responsibility, who wish to acquire management skills to further their professional career.

Online Business Management Scholarship

Objective: to promote the generation of companies founded on the Internet, as well as the creation of new business models based on the network and digitalisation of traditional businesses that still do not operate online.

Requirements: candidates who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills to tackle the internet and launch new digital business models, whether it is in their own company or as a director.

Programme Director Master in Supply Chain Management & Logistics

  • Order Mgmt. and Distribution Competence Center Manager en Grupo Volkswagen
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Ingeniero Superior de Telecomunicación

Teachers

Pere García Bruno

  • Experience as General Manager and Director mostly managing logistics companies in the areas of planning and distribution
  • Member of various national and international committees for logistics strategy
  • Postgraduate degree in distribution logistics, Esslingen, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Economic Sciences and Business, UB

Joan Carles Palau

  • Consultant specialising in forecasting for demand and supply management
  • Master’s Degree in Sales and Commercial Management, EAE
  • Master’s Degree in Marketing Management, UPC
  • Economic Sciences and Business, UB

Ignasi Estruch Goicoechea

  • Process and Innovation Project Director, ACC10
  • Autonomous Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya)
  • Executive Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management
  • Engineering Degree in Industrial Organisation, UPC

Montserrat De Riquer

  • Consultant of international exportation advising, ACC10, Barcelona
  • European Diploma in International Management, Université de Valenciennes, France
  • Degree in Business Administration and Management, UOC
  • Business Sciences, UVIC, Barcelona

Jaume Mussons

  • Director and Chief Executive Officer at several companies
  • Doctor of Industrial Engineering, UPC
  • Master’s Degree in Administrative Management, EADA
  • Engineer in Industrial Organisation, UPC

Sergi Mussons

  • President of the QRM centre Spain. Agile strategies for operations
  • Founding partner of Àurea Productiva
  • Strategic consultant of operations
  • Master’s Degree in Direction of Industrial Plants — Engigplant at the UPC
  • Engineer in Industrial Organisation at the UPC

Sergio Aparicio Valero

  • Business Development & Strategy at TVS scs
  • Degree in Economic Sciences and Business

Jordi Dalmau Royo

  • Business Development Director at Abertis Telecom
  • Experience as purchasing, logistics and business development Director
  • PDG IESE
  • Doctor of Engineering in Telecommunications, UPC

Carlos Miranda

  • Manager of Business Innovation Division at ACCIÓ – Agency for Business Competitiveness
  • Head of business R&D at ACCIÓ – Agency for Business Competitiveness
  • Specialist in prevention of labour risks from UPC
  • MBA from UPC
  • Industrial engineer specialising in organisation from UPC

Carmelo Sierra

  • Manager of strategic and organisational changes at Sierra-Consulting De la Reflexión al Resultado
  • Member of the Faculty of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona
  • MBA from the Comillas Pontifical University
  • Certificates in Personal Coaching and Executive Coaching from Coachville Institute
  • Integral Programme of Managerial Development at ESIC
  • Degree in Physics, Laser and Optical Technology / Technician at the University of Zaragoza

Ernesto Fuente Barbao

  • Partner Manager at Outrun Management
  • Degree in Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport, Maritime and international law, economics, navigation, stowage, oceanography and meteorology

Juan Antonio Rendón

  • Managing Director, Mechanical Division Unit at Teknia Manufacturing Group
  • MBA from IE
  • Master’s Degree in Production and Quality from IDE-CESEM
  • High-Level Commercial Negotiation from Teknia Manufacturing Group

Juan José Hierro

  • Executive Coach at the ICE
  • Computer Engineering in Management from the Comillas Pontifical University
  • Specialises in the development of high-performance people and teams
  • Member of the IESE coaches team
  • Executive coach and trainer of the Higher Training Programme of the Ministry of the environment and rural and maritime affairs
  • Member of the team of Executive Coaches at ICE Coaching S.L.

Remigi Palmés Combalia

  • Manager at INCOTERMS 2010
  • CEO at Formació Pime SL
  • CEO at Gerent Pime SL
  • Degree in International Management, Business Administration and International Commerce from ESMA

Ricardo De Vera Alvaro

  • District Sales Executive at Nippon Express.
  • 20 years of professional experience in different fields, at an operational and commercial level, both in Commercial Management and in Operations, at broker companies.

Martí Poch

  • Person in charge of Quality at CSQ non-stop shops
  • Person in charge of the ERP Implementation Project at CSQ non-stop shops
  • 5S - Lean Management and ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System at INGECAL
  • Official Member of the Association of Technical Computing Engineers of Catalonia
  • Technical Engineer in Computing Systems at UPC
  • Dedication60 ECTS
  • InitiationFebruary 2017
  • Term12 months
  • Price6.200 €
  • MethodologyOnline
  • LanguageSpanish

Related Programmes

Master in Systems Management 

Master in Production Direction and Industrial Processes 

Master in Operations Management and Innovation